Ambition for Frailty - "Everybody should know what to do next when presented with a person living with frailty and/ or cognitive disorder" (Vernon NHS England 2018)
We recognise that care is just as important as treatment. Everyone should be properly valued and listened to, and treated with compassion, dignity and respect at all times. Populating ageing is a 'game-changer' for health and social care services. Whilst many people remain well, engaged and active well into later life, for some their advancing age increases the chances of long-term conditions, thus making them more frail and vulnerable.
We can do a lot to help older people to live well, retain their independence and out of hospital. By treating each person as an individual and providing them with person-centred care, rather than focussing on single conditions, we are more able to address the unique challenge of frailty.
Working collaboratively across the local health and social care economy, we have developed a more integrated approach, underpinned by compassionate care. This interactive frailty pathway toolkit allows for frail, older people to be assessed well and for their underlying causes of deterioration to be managed more appropriately and in accordance to their needs. In doing so, we are better placed to help older people live well with a better quality of life. Embedded across all local health and care settings, this toolkit has the power to transform the way older people or their carers and communities experience health and social care.
The stakeholders that have actively contributed to the development of this frailty pathway toolkit, include:
- Public & patient reference groups
- East Midlands Ambulance Service
- Lincolnshire Care Association
- Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Services
- Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
- Lincolnshire County Council
- Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- St Barnabas Hospice Trust
- University of Lincoln
- Age UK